Anit Mukherjee is a policy fellow at the Center for Global Development working on fiscal policy, public expenditure management and service delivery. His current research focuses on the impact of fiscal devolution on sub-national health financing reform in developing countries including India. His other research interests include using technology platforms such as biometrics for pro-poor service delivery, and enhancing accountability and transparency in public expenditure through community participation. Prior to CGD, Mukherjee was associate professor at the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, New Delhi from 2005-2013, where he conducted research and policy analysis to improve efficiency and effectiveness of public expenditure. He has also been a trainer in public finance for government officials from several developing countries, and worked as an adviser to the Government of Yemen in 2004. He is the co-author of a forthcoming book Social Sector in a Decentralized Economy: India in the Era of Globalization (Cambridge University Press).
Donald Lobo is co-founder and lead developer of CiviCRM, an organisation founded with the goal of giving the sector a free, libre and open alternative to their software needs. Moving from Mumbai to the US in the early 1990s to pursue a post-graduate degree in computer science, Donald Lobo subsequently joined Yahoo’s founding team as the “Technical Yahoo.” Lobo began thinking about investing his time & resources in causes close to his heart early in his life and started his philanthropic journey 15 years ago when he founded the Chintu Gudiya Foundation.
Understanding pressing and neglected issues on the ground and taking big bets on organisations with the most effective solutions are integral parts of Donald’s philanthropy.
Born in Belgium, Barry grew up in a rich musical environment, due to his father’s position as one of Europe’s senior executives at EMI Records. He got his degree from the UK, and was thereafter heavily involved in the music industry, producing some of the biggest artists of the 70’s and 80s. He also worked extensively as a songwriter signed to Warners for seven years, with several hit songs to his credit. This eventually culminated with an Emmy nomination for his film score on Richard Dreyfus’s film “Prisoner of Honour”.
Barry has composed music for a multitude of prestige clients including Emirates, Dubai Shopping Festival, Dubai Tourism, Dubai Holdings and many of the world’s leading multinational brands, in addition to TV themes, film scores and major orchestral event scores. He is credited with over 50 international awards for his work in music and is actively involved in bringing copyright awareness in intellectual property to the region. Barry is actively involved as an unofficial ambassador working to promote Dubai as a production and post production centre on behalf of his company BKP and colleagues and other media companies in the UAE.
Moutushi oversees the MacArthur Foundation’s India Office, which provides grantmaking to civil society organizations in Population and Reproductive Health and Girls' Secondary Education.
Prior to joining MacArthur in April 2013, she worked with Oxfam India, a rights-based organization that fights poverty and injustice. As Director – Programmes and Advocacy for Oxfam India, Moutushi led the process of developing and making operational the vision and strategy for programme management. Before Oxfam, Moutushi worked with the Department for International Development (DFID) in India for over 15 years. During her stint with DFID, she worked on a diverse portfolio of programs and projects across the country, including livelihoods promotion, health, rural development, financial and governance reforms and enterprise development. Moutushi holds an MBA (University Gold Medallist) degree from the Panjab University and an M.Sc. degree in Applied Environmental Economics from the Imperial College of the United Kingdom. She has been visiting faculty with the Symbiosis Institute of International Business, teaching post-graduate course on financial services for the rural poor.
Dr. WILIMA WADHWA
Dr. Wilima Wadhwa is the Director of the ASER Centre. She has been associated with ASER since its inception in 2005 and is the architect of the ASER survey and other primary research studies currently being undertaken by ASER Centre. ASER's unique approach to measuring learning outcomes has been recognized nationally and internationally and has also been adapted by several other countries in Asia and Africa.
Dr. Wadhwa earned her undergraduate degree, with Honors in Economics from Delhi University, MA degrees in Economics from Delhi University and University of California, and her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California. Dr. Wadhwa has been published extensively and teaches statistics and econometrics at the University of California (Irvine), and the Indian Statistical Institute (New Delhi). She has also been a member of various government and international committees, including the Questionnaire Expert Group for PISA-D. Dr. Wadhwa’s other research interests include development and economics of education.